Thought Leadership Power Hour| Juliana Finegan & Hayley Spira-Bauer


In this episode of Build Momentum, Sarah and Katie are joined by Juliana Finegan and Hayley Spira-Bauer. Juliana is the VP for strategy and learning for the company Vivi. Juliana is a passionate educator and leader with experience inside and outside the classroom. She is also the host of the podcast Educator Pineapple Podcast.

Hayley is the Cheif academic officer for, a member of the advisory board at Inspiring Educators, and an Edtech Mentor in StartEd. Hayley is an educator who specializes in Elementary education and curriculum development. She is also hosting a podcast called Learning Can’t Wait.

Some Questions We Ask:

  • Introduce yourselves (1:00 & 2:43)
  • iTutor beginnings? (5:05)
  • How did Hayley and her team bring out the academic perspective of iTutor and its message to the people? (7:04)
  • How Juliana and Vivi cultivate incredible relationships with clients and build partnerships? (10:10)
  • How did Juliana Finigan identify partnerships and have broad connections? (13:57)
  • How did Hayley and Juliana start in podcasts? (22:41 & 26:24)
  • Why do Juliana and Hayley start their podcasts and how do we measure PR and thought leadership? (30:30)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Getting to know Juliana and Hayley (1:12 & 2:57)
  • How iTutor started and its whole process (5:28)
  • Working together with team of brilliant folks with a background in education and getting know your stakeholders and constantly talk about the organization’s core values (7:14)
  • Building partnerships that genuinely wants to help and work with each other by bringing strong communities together (10:55)
  • Bringing people together and identifying commonalities for each individuals and having common language for continued education (14:08)
  • Hayleyand Juliana’s podcast consistency and progress (23:13 & 26:35)
  • Using podcasts as tool for communicating brilliant ideas and giving airtime to intelligence and interacting with incredible leaders (30:55)


“I think, you see common threads from conversations to which also impact how you look at what you're doing, and you look at your product because I think that that's like it's not measurable.”

“I think common language is key to have those conversations and really fill those gaps strategically. And to build those partnerships and foster that, like continued engagement is like, let's make sure we're talking about the same thing.”

“Every person you meet in your life has something that brings value to your world, and it is your job to or to the world, excuse me, not your world, the world, it is your job to find out what that is.”

Connect with us:

Juliana Finegan LinkedIn | Vivi Website | Educator Pineapple Podcast
Hayley Spira-Bauer LinkedIn | iTutor Website | Learning Can't Wait Podcast

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